June 26, 2016

“SPOOK LIGHTS”

by Eden Royce, 2015

Many novels, especially horror novels, I find, are over-written and padded.  That's one reason I prefer short stories.  That way, when the author has written everything she needs to write, she stops.  Or more correctly, she moves on to...

June 21, 2016

“THE WALLS OF WOODMYST”

by Robert E. Krieg, 2016

After the frightful discovery of a mutilated corpse, the village of Woodmyst comes under the threat of shadowy figures.  The ante is upped as nights pass.  Their enemy is a master of the dark, luring victims outside and fe...

June 13, 2016

“THE SLEEPLESS”

by Nuzo Onoh, 2016

Having read Onoh's earlier UNHALLOWED GRAVES, I was anxious for more of her tales of African horror. And once again, the message is, stay the hell out of Africa. Especially at night!

In Onoh's Africa, husbands are tyrants and bullies; wo...

April 19, 2016

“NO FOOL'S GOLD”

by Jack Petersen, 2015

 

Nominally a sequel to Petersen's “Gold Camp”, this is the tale of an old time gold miner, up in the hills for years, trying to find that lucky strike.  However, he's doing this in the present day.

 

Zeb Bartholomew is a throwback to...

April 10, 2016

“GOLD CAMP

by Jack Petersen, 2013

 

Although set in the present-day, this book is a Western.  It starts out in Nevada, where the locals like to rope their dinner, and consuming alcohol is the prime goal in life.  More important, it feels like a Western, with honest men us...

April 1, 2016

“LAST STRAW”

by David Rheem Jarrett

 

Tom Pickering is a tough, middle-aged man with a philandering wife and a broken tooth.  He uses a gun to get rid of the philandering wife.  The tooth stays.

Tom (and the reader) only knows that the wife philanders because we jump...

March 21, 2016

“FRENZY”
by Pike Stephenson, 2016

 

There's a monster killing child murderers, gun-toting thugs, and rapists.  Kinda makes us root for the monster, doesn't it?

Our hero, Detective Kyle Poole, is tasked with solving the mystery of who is killing the suspects in his murder...

March 14, 2016

“THE DEVIL AND THE UNICORN”

by Haydn Jones, 2015

 

I must say, not knowing what the story was about, and after reading ten pages of murder and domestic life in the English countryside, it was wild to find myself casually dropped into a work of fantasy reminiscent of Docto...

February 28, 2016

In October Weeks' novel, “The Damned,” we have the traditional plot of a vampire hunter on the trail of a vampire.  Actually, our heroine, Tuck Houston, is a vampire slayer, complete with supernatural, vampire-fighting abilities of her own.  She has super-strength, she...

February 22, 2016

“THE BLAIRFIELD CALLER”

by Melvin Rivers, 2015

 

Stan Jones, a talk show host of a paranormal radio show, has a dark secret.  And someone wanting the truth to come out is willing to turn to the paranormal for revenge.  What follows is a classic vampire story: a vampire ap...

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